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Heavenly Chicken Tortilla Soup
This homemade Mexican-style chicken soup is so rich in intriguing flavors, vibrant in color, and full of tantalizing aromas, that fills your kitchen!  It’s usually made by combining chicken broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and fried tortillas.  There are dozens of variations to add after that. I’ve added cooked chicken along with fiber-rich black beans and hominy for texture.  The skinny for 1 cup, 180 calories and 4 grams of fat. This recipe’s always a huge hit with everyone.  It’s so hearty, satisfying and can be served as the main course too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 180kcal


Ingredients for Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, shopping tips below
  • teaspoons chili powder, shopping tips below
  • teaspoons cumin, shopping tips below
  • teaspoons garlic powder, shopping tips below
  • black pepper, to taste, shopping tips below
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, I like Swanson’s
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 oz) can yellow hominy, drained and rinsed or corn
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • Juice of 1 lime

Ingredients for Topping: optional

  • cups reduced-fat tortilla chips, crushed


  • In a large nonstick pot, add olive oil, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add chopped tortillas, tomato paste, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and black pepper, to taste. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken broth and tomatoes. Bring up to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add hominy, beans, chicken, and fresh-squeezed lime juice.  Mix well.  Cook 10 minutes more.
  • Top with some crushed tortilla chips, if desired.


Food Facts
Tortilla soup is so popular. You see it served in a variety of restaurants. It’s so versatile with dozens of ways to make it.  It originated in Mexico.
Hominy is a yellow or white corn that has its hull removed mechanically or by soaking in lime.

Health Benefits

Black beans are digested slowly and can suppress your appetite for hours.  They’re packed with fiber, iron, B vitamins, and folate.
Rinsing canned beans and hominy before adding to soups greatly reduces the sodium content.

Shopping Tips

I love the flavor of smoked paprika. It smells like BBQ flavors and really enhances the smokey flavor of this soup. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the spice aisle. Or, you can just use regular paprika.

Serving Tips

If you want to create a soup and salad meal,  serve this soup with Skinny Guacamole  Salad Sticks.
Make this a main-course meal by serving 1 cup of soup with my recipe, Oh Boy It’s Taco Night.   Another main course idea is to start with a 2 cup serving of soup and add chopped avocado, tomato, shredded reduced-fat cheese, and chopped cilantro on the side. Let everybody customize their own bowl.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 1-Blue
WW SmartPoints 4-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup (not including tortilla chips on top)
180 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat.fat, 56mg chol, 21g protein, 17g carbs, 4g fiber, 584mg sodium, 3g sugar
FACTS: for  Freestyle SmartPoints
48 calories, 0g sat. fat, 1g protein, 1g sugar

Skinny Facts

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 21gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 584mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gBlue Smart Points: 1Green Smart Points: 4Plus Points: 4